Found 157 articles starting with D:

determine - correct spelling

determine verbExample: We must determine how the accountant stole our inheritance....

deterrence - correct spelling

deterrence nounExample: The theory of deterrence doesn't work very well with career criminals....

develop - correct spelling

develop verbNot develope.Example: The real-estate company planned to develop the property with large, unsightly houses....

Developing Your Love Affair

Falling in Love with the VerbPowerful words, these verbs. Maybe that’s why Hugo once said, “The word is the verb, and the verb is God.”Verb PowerPretty neat, these verbs. They aren’t content t...

development - correct spelling

development nounNot developement.Example: The rising price of gold was a discouraging development for the value of the dollar....

device - correct spelling

device nounNot devise.Grammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses device and devise. ...

Device vs. Devise

It is very easy to make spelling errors. Not even the most experienced writers are immune to these simple, b...

devise - correct spelling

devise verbNot device.Grammar.com’s Section on Problem Words discusses device and devise. ...

devise, device

To devise means “to formulate a plan.” In the law, devise means “to give away land or other real property in a will.”A device is something that is made to serve a s...

Dialog vs. Dialogue

I wrote a dialogue between a customer and a shopkeeper. ...

Dialogue vs. Dialog

If you were a novelist or a playwright, what word would you use to describe a conversation between two or mo...

diary, dairy

A diary is a written record of daily events.A dairy is a place that produces milk or milk products. Dairy is also used as an ...

dictator - correct spelling

dictator nounExample: The Korean dictator apologized for his nuclear tests....

dictionary - correct spelling

dictionary nounExample: She consulted the dictionary to find the meaning of the word dictionary....

didactic - vocabulary

didactic - adjective Pertaining to teaching, intended for instruction; inclined to teach or lecture (to excess), as in a boring, didactic speaker. A didactic play attempts to...

died - correct spelling

died verb (past tense and past participle of the verb die)Not dyed.Examp...

difference - correct spelling

difference nounExample: There’s a big difference between the two candidates’ views on taxes....

different - correct spelling

different adjectiveGrammar.com’s section on Problem Words discusses different from vs. different than. Click ...

different from, different than

Although both of these phrases are common today, some believe that different than is always incorrect. The reason is easy to understand. The word than follows a ...

diffident - vocabulary

diffident - adjective Lacking confidence in one’s own ability or worth; timid, shy. [Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady] is bland on television and awkward as a public speaker. In a city of bombast ...

dilatory - vocabulary

dilatory - adjective Tending to delay or procrastinate; tardy, slow. Diligence increaseth the fruit of toil. A dilatory man wrestles with losses.—Hesiod Works an...

dilemma - correct spelling

dilemma nounExample: She found herself on the horns of a dilemma.** “The original dilemma in rhetoric was a device by which you pr...

dilettante - vocabulary

dilettante - noun One who engages in art or other subject for amusement, usually in a desultory or superficial way; a dabbler. Also used to refer to a lover of the fine arts. The second reason for his dela...

diminution - vocabulary

diminution - noun The process, act, or fact of lessening or diminishing; reduction.Note: The adjective form diminutive often refers to people or things that are s...

dining - correct spelling

dining verb (present participle of the verb dine)Example: He was dining with friends when he heard the n...

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